Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Springtime Promotion at Crestview

Spring has arrived which means time outdoors, nicer weather, BBQs and spring tune-ups. Bring your vehicle to Crestview for the Spring Maintenance Service and you will be entered to win the "Big Green Egg" mini cooking BBQ. Book your vehicle today as this promo ends on May 31st. 

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Trailer Towing Made Easier

Regular maintenance of your tow vehicle and also your trailer is important for your safety and the safety of your cargo no matter the type of trailer: cabin, utility, horse or boat. Without proper maintenance delays due to a breakdown are only a matter of time.

Trailer maintenance is fairly basic in that you have limited moving and wearing parts. Light checks should be performed each time before you start towing. Operation of the electric brakes can be tested once the vehicle is moving slowly, using the manual lever on the control unit. You will need to refer to the electric brake controller’s operating instructions for adjusting the response of the trailer brakes. Some of the lighter trailers are equipped with hydraulic surge brakes; these are harder to test for proper operation.

One other area of maintenance on trailers that is often overlooked is the wheel bearings. These should be cleaned, inspected and adjusted every 2 years; we often drive down dusty back roads or through water puddles. Even when a trailer is not used very often we find that water can work its way into the bearings from snowmelt and rain. This can cause the wheel bearings to wear out sooner than expected due to rust formation. Another area needing inspection during the wheel bearing servicing is the condition of the brake linings along with the attending hardware.

Maintaining your trailer on a regular basis will lead to trouble free towing. We would be happy to assist you with your vehicle and trailer maintenance or repairs.
Our staff is trained to help you confirm and properly match your vehicle to the trailer you use. We are an SGI accredited, safety inspection station.

Remember when packing up for a road trip to be sure to load the trailer properly, meaning that you have enough weight on the front of the trailer. Most often this will be around 10% of total trailer weight. When the trailer is loaded so it is light on the front, the trailer will be susceptible to sway. This accelerates wear on the trailer and tow vehicle and could also lead to an accident. A properly loaded trailer will tow straight and you will be in control.

Give us a call or book on line; we’ll make sure your trailer is ready for travel
Office #306-244-6522

#tires #towing #camping #maintenance #safety

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Don't let the pressure get you down...

Spring is in the air and that means summer is around the corner. Getting out on the open road is a great way to enjoy the warm weather. It’s a good idea to have a look at your tires before heading out. Have a look at this short video on setting proper tire pressure.

#tires #tirepressure #spring #driving #tirewear
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Friday, 10 April 2015


If it is, don't hit the panic button just yet, but don't ignore it either.
This yellow light is among the gauges and warning lights clustered around the instrument panel in front of the driver. It comes on briefly when you turn the ignition on to start the car, the same as other warning lights do. When these systems start up as you turn the key to start the car, they perform a “system check” to let you know the system is ready to do its prescribed job.

If all is well the lights stay off after this initial check, until one day inexplicably, it stays on or comes back on and glows a yellow warning “Check Engine”, “Service Engine Soon” or as some vehicles use, a yellow engine symbol.

The question is what do you check and why? The engine often shows no obvious signs of anything except running down the road in quiet contentment.

When the onboard diagnostic system determines that a problem exists, the computer turns on the yellow dashboard indicator.  This yellow light serves to inform the driver that a problem has been detected and vehicle service is needed to correct the issue.

As you drive, the on-board diagnostic system is continuously checking information from the engine, transmission and safety equipment on your vehicle against data stored in its memory. If one of the hundreds of possible faults is found to occur, the yellow indicator comes on. Occasionally the light will come on and go off as you drive if the condition causing the light to illuminate, comes in and out of acceptable tolerance.  

When this light comes on as you drive it is telling the driver that something is wrong, and to bring the vehicle in for service. Normally this is not an emergency situation, however, it is recommended that you do not drive for more than a few days with the light on as you may incur additional expenses if there are subsequent failures caused by the initial fault that turned the light on.

The glitches that activate the “Check Engine” light are often nothing a driver can readily detect, but that doesn’t mean everything is working properly. Many of these conditions can waste fuel, as the engine management system is put into overtime trying to correct the condition and is unable to. At times the engine may be harder to start than normal or you may notice a drivability concern.

A flashing light can shorten engine or transmission life and lead to expensive repairs if left unaddressed. And, since the condition is usually emission related, the level of pollutants coming from the tailpipe can soar. Your vehicles onboard diagnostic system will assess engine running and misfire situations, the most severe of which indicates the possibility of the exhaust catalytic converter being damaged.  When this occurs, the yellow light will blink on and off repeatedly. When this light is flashing it indicates a more serious malfunction. Vehicle speed should be reduced and the vehicle taken for servicing as soon as possible to prevent any consequential damage from occurring. 

So if the “Check Engine” light comes on, don’t hit the panic button, but don’t ignore it either. Call your friends at Crestview Auto Service (306) 244-6522.

#CheckEngine #TuneUp #DashLights #InstrumentLights